Windows 2016 Licensing Calculator (unofficial)

This tool helps determine the number and estimate the cost of Windows Server 2016 licenses.

Host specification:

# of hosts:
CPUs per host:
Cores per CPU:
Required # of OSEs:
2-core pack cost:

Results Datacenter Edition Standard Edition
# of physical cores to be licensed:1616
Required # of core licenses:1680
Required # of 2-core packs:840
# of licensed OSEs:Unlimited10
Total cost:61604400


Host specification - since the Windows Server 2016 licensing model is core-based, this tool requires information about the number of servers/hosts, the number of CPUs per server, and the number of cores per CPU.

Required # of OSEs - the total number of Operating System Environments (OSEs) to be run on the server(s).

This tool takes into account the following limitations:

  • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
  • Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.
  • Core licenses are sold in packs of two (two-core packs).
  • Maximum number of 64-bit sockets is 64 (for both editions).

This tool does not take into account Client Access Licenses (CALs) requirements.